My #1 pick of the Festival of New Cinema is the new Georges Gittoes documentary, Rampage, about the Lovett brothers, Denzell (Himself), Elliott (Himself), and Marcus (Himself), who live in "The Brown Sub" of Miami, Florida. This is an area "on the other side of " Miami Beach where the rich folks live.
A viewer's first thought upon sitting down to watch might be: "Oh, come on another story about those poor African-Americans victimizing themselves." Not the case. George Gittoes explores the nature and level of violence that African-Americans experience on a daily basis and makes a comparison with the violence a U.S. soldier experiences in Iraq.
Elliott Lovett plays a soldier returning from Iraq to visit his family. The entire family are talented rappers, especially Marcus and Denzel. Mr. Gittoes' film witnesses a family tragedy and feels some responsibility: "That's the problem when you shoot a documentary�you're talking about real lives. The jealousy that generated the documentary, following Lovett's daily lives, might be the cause of Marcus' death."
The documentary was shot with shoulder and hand cameras and confirms the suffering of African-Americans in 2006. The editing, photography, music and all aesthetic choices gives the viewer the impression that you are with these kids, and you sympathize with them and you tell yourself: "This is unbelievable; this is happening today in one of the supposedly most civilized and rich countries of the world�the United States of America."
One of Australia's foremost figurative painters, Georges Gittoes literally uses the camera like a paint brush. With a compassionate humanity and truthful reporting, he tells the story of the Lovett family. From beginning to end, the film will open your eyes to realities that you may already know but that the film will confirm about black folk in the ghettos.
Rampage Written, directed and produced by Georges Gittoes
With Denzell Lovett (Himself,) Elliott Lovett (Himself,) Marcus Lovett (Himself)